On Monday ReidOutJoy Reid, MSNBC’s host and contributing journalist, lambasted Texas GOP candidate for governor retired Colonel Allen West after he was admitted with severe COVID. Reid gleefully mocked West — a former senior fellow for the Media Research, parent organization of NewsBusters — as Johnson accused him of providing “racism” for the Republican party “in blackface.”
After using a mocking tone to smugly read some of Colonel West’s tweets about his treatment for COVID, Reid went to her guests — Johnson and Democratic strategist Xochitl Hinojosa.
Allowing Hinojosa to go first, Reid then turned to Johnson and went after West as she posed:
He is also the man who will replace Governor Abbott. This is the man who mocked an Iraqi officer and was in serious trouble with the Army. Below are a few quotes from him.
Barack Obama White House: “If you are here to stand up, [to] get your musket, [to]Fix your bayonet and [to]”You are my brother/sister in this struggle, so get up and join the ranks.” He stated that the segregation of black people was better for them because they were able to access better education. Islam, he said, is “not a religion.” What are your thoughts?
Johnson responded by calling out the Texas Republican.
Allen West — This is Allen West, the Republican Party’s zeitgeist right now. They want that same kind of — they want that sort of natural — all-natural flavor of racism, but they want it in blackface with a 1990s flat-top haircut. This is what they desire, and Allen West can provide it.
Reid’s claim that West somehow supported segregation is a misunderstanding of an interview he did with Stuart Varney on Fox Business in 2016, when Varney was discussing a book written by Jason Riley. Riley does not argue that segregation was somehow a good thing, but rather that the introduction of welfare as part of the Great Society was more harmful to the black population than segregation.
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The following is a transcription:
October 11, 2021
JOY REID: It should come as no surprise that most of this is brought to you by Governor Greg Abbott, a guy up for reelection and wants to outdo the hard right-wing nuts in his party, including Allen West, the former Florida congressman and permanent Tea Party troll who is currently in a hospital with COVID pneumonia and live-tweeting his disdain for vaccine mandates. Below is a sampling of what the governor candidate has to say.
Quote, “I am more determined to fight against vaccine mandates, because of this experience. We should advocate monoclonal antibody injection therapy, not enrich the pockets of Big Pharma or corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Texas governor, I will vigorously oppose any attempt to force vaccine mandates into the Lone Star State. … Our bodies are our last sanctuary of liberty and freedom. I will stand up for it
He is also the man who will replace Governor Abbott. The guy who mocked an Iraqi Policeman and was in serious trouble with the Army. Below are a few quotes from him. Barack Obama White House: “If you are here to stand up,” [to] get your musket, [to]Fix your bayonet and [to]Charge into the ranks. You are my sister and brother in this fight.
His argument was that segregation made blacks more successful because of their better education opportunities. He also called Islam “not religion.” What are your thoughts?
JASON JOHNSON (MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR): This is a new ban on books that the Texas government has enacted. They don’t want children to study Critical Race Theory and are pursuing after them. Jerry Craft is right beside me. These are not the books that kids want. He has great books to help them. Here’s the problem. Allen West — This is Allen West, the Republican party’s zeitgeist right now. They want that same kind of — they want that sort of natural — all-natural flavor of racism, but they want it in blackface with a 1990s flat-top haircut. This is what they desire, and Allen West can provide it.
He will become the sort of person Republicans want if he actually gets out of bed. Problem is, Texas’s Republican status doesn’t reflect the number of idiots they would like to see running it.